Acts 1

Read Acts 1.

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

Acts 1:6, ESV

Have you ever felt like you were just answering the same question over and over again? If so, how did you react? I have a tendency to respond with sarcasm and exasperation, but hopefully you’re more patient than me. Hopefully you’re more like Jesus. Just think back over the latter chapters of the gospels. How often did the disciples ask “when” or “how” or “who” when it came to what the future held for them? And every time, Jesus would give a similar answer, either correcting their understanding of the kingdom or telling them what he does here in Acts 1, “It’s not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.” They wanted a level of specificity that wasn’t theirs to know, but what Jesus offered them instead of specificity was certainty, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witness in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Like those who watched Jesus ascend to heaven, there are a lot of specifics we still don’t know, but our certainty is the same as theirs–the Holy Spirit gives us power to bear witness to the good news of Jesus wherever we find ourselves today.

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